DIY: Color Block Moccasins

The girls from Honestly...WTF show us how to recreate Balenciaga you can wear to the beach.

DIY // Johnie Gall // 08/17/10
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Get all your materials ready

Various colors work well for this DIY

Paint a few layers for vivid color

All done!

The inspiration: Balenciaga

Honestly WTF color block moccasin

Our friends Erica and Lauren are a designer and stylist who post amazing fashion finds and crafty style projects on their blog Honestly...WTF. We recruited them for an end-of-summer "do-it-yourself" project that turned out even more lovely than we could have hoped for:

Our love of Minnatonka moccasins and obsession with Balenciaga's Fall 2010 shoes made this DIY a no brainer. With just a few tubes of Tulip Soft Fabric Paint, a pair of paintbrushes (one thin and one thick) and a pair of suede moccasins, you'll be ready to make your own color block shoes. (Tulip Soft Fabric Paint is best paint to use, as it is highly opaque, flexible once it dries and is great for suede.)

1. To paint the tops of the moccasins, the fringe will have to be tucked under. Simply untie the bow, pull the suede strings out of all the holes (note how it is assembled), and fold the flap under.

2. Start by making a test patch near one of the holes, as this part will be covered and it's a great way to get comfortable with your brush and paint. Once you're ready to tackle the rest, paint the inside edge of the moccasin with the small brush. Then, switch to the large brush to fill in the rest. Finish it with another layer or two for maximum color.

3.Let dry for at least 2 hours and reassemble the fringe to reveal your new pair of sick color-blocked mocs!

Check out other tutorials from Erica and Lauren here.

Originally published in August/September 2010

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